High school students of Calvert County are invited by the Calvert County Council of American Legions to compete in the Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Winners will earn scholarship money and a chance to compete in national finals. The contest is open to public, private and home-school students throughout Calvert County. Students must be in ninth through twelfth grades.
Students compete in a two-part contest, a prepared oration and an extemporaneous speech. The subject in the prepared oration portion must be about some phase of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the United States government. The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8-10 minutes in length. In the second part, an amendment to the Constitution is chosen at random with each student providing a 3-5 minute extemporaneous speech about the subject.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. First place will receive $200, second place $150, and $100 to third place. The first-place winner will advance to the District Competition to be held in mid-February where they will compete for the opportunity to advance to the state level. The top orator from the State of Maryland will vie for top honors at the national contest held in Indianapolis in April. The American Legion will pay the expenses of state winners at the national contest.
The Calvert County Council of American Legion Posts includes American Legion Calvert Post 85, American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, American Legion Gray-Ray Post 220, and American Legion Arick L. Lore Post 274.